Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday formed a committee of university vice chancellors (CVs) to work out exam reforms and review programs to improve the quality of higher education in the state in line with progress around the world.
The committee, chaired by Guru Nanak Dev University VC, will also examine the possibility of introducing new courses and digital education and submit its report within 60 days.
Emphasizing the need to keep up with the ongoing global transformation in education, Singh instructed the committee to draft a plan to bring the state education system up to par with the world.
New and relevant courses should be identified to ensure that students are in step with the changes taking place in global education, an official statement released here said.
The chief minister also ordered that all new colleges in the state must start their classes from the 2021-2022 academic session.
Reviewing the functioning of the department of higher education and languages, he instructed the secretary of higher education to speed up the recruitment process to fill 931 assistant professor positions in public schools.
Endorsing Chief Recruitment Minister, Higher Education Secretary VK Meena said the process to fill the positions was launched after bringing the complex litigation over 17 years to an end.
In addition, the state government has also made it possible to fill 1,925 assistant professor positions in government-subsidized colleges, of which 1,400 have already been filled, 410 teachers regularized while the process for 118 is underway.
Meanwhile, Singh digitally launched the online programs or courses launched by Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar for the Punjabi diaspora across the world.
He also ordered the immediate release of ₹five crore for creating a language award to promote Punjabi.
The chief minister said that the online courses would go a long way in helping young people learn the Punjabi language and imbue them with the spirit of “Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat”.
This effort would also keep Punjabi youth abreast of the state’s rich and glorious cultural heritage, thus connecting them to their ancestral roots, he said.